November 7, 2012

Google Chrome updated to version 23

Google Chrome 23 extends battery life, adds “do not track”
Google newest release of Chrome 23 brings some great new features to the table.

New support for GPU-accelerated video decoding will reduce the load on your system’s CPU, for instance. And as GPU’s use less power than your primary processor, this can notably extend your battery life (Google’s own testing suggests you could see up to a 25% improvement).

Website permissions are now far more accessible, too. There’s no longer any need to go searching through the Settings dialog; just click the page icon in the address bar to see the current permission, then change them as you like.

And Chrome 23 also includes a new “do not track” option, although perhaps the more interesting issue here is that Google acknowledges that this isn’t always effective, and says the company is “working with others on a common way to respond to these requests in the future”.

Elsewhere, Chrome’s Dev channel has been updated to 24.0.1312.5 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame.

This release is less interesting (at the moment, anyway), consisting mostly of bug fixes and minor optimisations. But if you’re interested in the fine details then the SVN revision log has more.

As usual, auto-updating should ensure you get the new releases as they appear, but if you don’t have the browser installed at the moment then full builds of Chrome 23 final and Chrome 24 Dev are also available now.

[via PC Authority]

Google Search gets redesigned

Today Google is rolling out a small design refresh for its Search product, making the user interface consistent with Search on mobile and tablet devices.

Today’s roll-out is only a small design refresh compared to the previous changes that Google Search has seen so far this year, from SPYW (Search Plus Your World) to the Knowledge Graph, as well as the new-look and consistency between its products and services, but it doesn’t mean that this update should be overlooked.
Google Search, with the new design
Previously on Google Search, you would see a list of links along the left side of the page giving you access to an assortment of filters and tools, these have now been streamlined and moved to the top of the list of search results.

You will notice that Search is a little cleaner looking now, the reason for this is that the search tools you know (or don’t) and love have been hidden away in a menu, conveniently named ‘Search Tools’. But is all this change for the sake of it?

Just like most changes to the design of Google’s products, they go through vigorous testing before rolling out for the public eye to see. This design in particular has popped up here and there for many months now,  only those lucky enough to be in a small subset of testers saw the once-was experiment.

Right now, the latest design refresh is only available for those lucky ones who live in the U.S. though it isn’t hard to hit to check it out if you are redirected to your Country specific Google site.

[via OMG! Chrome!]

‘Steam for Linux’ Beta Released

Users who have signed up and received the Steam Beta for Linux invitation can now access the client.

Over 60, 000 people responded to the call for beta applicants made last month. From this pool an initial subset have been chosen to test the client and report their feedback.

More users will be invited to test the client in coming weeks.

There are quite a few number of games available for the Linux platform, most notably, Team Fortress 2. There are 25 other games listed as supported on the platform as well.

If you signed up but did not receive a beta invite, don't worry! More applicants will be added in the future.